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 Below please find the 2017 Film Schedule.  The 2018 schedule will be announced in June of 2018.


Thursday, July 20 • 8:00 pm welcome to germany



Welcome to Germany

(Willkomen bei den Hartmans)


U. S. Premiere - Germany- 116 minutes

Written and Directed by Simon Verhoeven.

With Senta Berger, Heiner Lauterbach, Palina Rojinski, Elyas M'Barek, Eric Kabongo

In German with subtitles


The Hartmanns are a well-off but severely dysfunctional family from Munich, Germany. Frustrated and looking for a sense of purpose, family matriarch Angelika Hartmann offers boarding to Diallo, a refugee from Nigeria who is four weeks away from the ruling in his asylum request and who has been instructed to lay low and stay out of trouble. The only problem is the Hartmanns’ home is anything but peaceful. As Diallo makes friends with each of the family members, they find themselves confronted with racism, bureaucracy and suspicions of terrorist activity. An outlandish, laugh-out-loud comedy about politics, cultural identity, xenophobia and everyday modern family issues that transcends borders as it touches on the current issues of today.


Produced by Quirin Berg, Michael Verhoeven, Simon Verhoeven and Max Wiedemann. Edited by Denis Bachter and Stefan Essl. Director of Photography: Jo Heim. A Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion and

Sentana Filmproduktion production. From Picture Tree International.






Friday, July 21 • 7:00 pm waking david



Waking David


East Coast Premiere - United Kingdom - 89 minutes

Directed by Kevin Nash. Written by Kristy Bruce, Shane Bruce, Harriet Madeley and Kevin Nash.

With Kristy Bruce, Harriet Madeley, Shane Bruce.


While on a lecture tour of England, an American psychologist looks up her half-sister to find out more information about her estranged father who died years earlier. What she discovers is a family that won’t communicate with her or each other, and when her half-sister does start to open up, the family tries to create a wall of secrecy surrounding her father’s death. Written as a collaboration between the director and the three main actresses, this beautifully realized film is a mystery that explores the meaning of family.


Produced by Marilena Parouti. Edited by Julie Buckland. Director of Photography: Lukas Demgenski. From PaintLick Films.                                                                            




USA - 15 min

A film by Jeannie Donohoe


A new kid shows up at the high school basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression, but will talent and drive be enough once the team discovers a secret?


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Friday, July 21 • 9:30 pm let yourself go



Let Yourself Go

(Lasciati andare)


East Coast Premiere - Italy - 95 min

Directed by Francesco Amato.

Written by Francesco Amato, Francesco Bruni and Davide Lantieri.

With Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty), Verónica Echegui (The Cold Light of Day), Valentina Carnelutti.

In Italian with subtitles


Elia, an austere and detached psychoanalyst, lives alone in a flat on the same floor as his ex-wife Giovanna, who he is still very much attached to. When his doctor prescribes a change of diet and exercise, he goes to a gym where he meets Claudia, a personal trainer who appears to be his opposite in every way imaginable. A unique and uproarious comedy that doesn’t quit.


Produced by Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini and Riccardo Tozzi. Edited by Luigi Mearelli. Director of Photography: Vladan Radovic. A Cattleya and Rai Cinema Pr oduction. Fr om Menemsha Films.



SHORT rated



USA - 20 min

A film by John Fortson


Maggie must find the courage to own up to her behavior when she wakes to find every adult has received a YELP-like star rating floating over their head.

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Saturday, July 22 • 4:00 pm ethel and ernest



Ethel & Ernest


East Coast Premiere - United Kingdom - 94 min

Directed by Roger Mainwood. Written by

Raymond Briggs and Roger Mainwood.


Featuring the vocal talents of Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway, this enchanting animated film is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary times. A rare gem that can be enjoyed by all generations, based on Raymond Briggs’ award winning graphic novel about his parents.


Produced by Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding. Edited by Richard Overall. Director of Photography: Fraser Taggart. From The Little Film Company and Matterhorn International.







East Coast Premiere - Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia - 28 min

In Russian with subtitles

A film by Ilina Perianova


An elderly couple who always wanted to have a

child finds their wish has been granted.

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Saturday, July 22 • 7:00 pm sounding



The Sounding


United States - 93 min

Directed by Catherine Eaton.

Written by Bryan Delaney and Catherine Eaton.

With Catherine Eaton, Teddy Sears, Harris

Yulin, Frankie Faison and David Furr.


Writer-Director-Actress Catherine Eaton gives a stunning performance as Liv, a mysterious woman residing on an island off the coast of Maine who has chosen to remain silent for years. When she suffers a terrible loss, Liv suddenly begins to speak as she weaves a language out of Shakespeare's words. After a series of events result in her being committed to a psychiatric hospital, Liv becomes a full-blown rebel, fighting for both her voice and her freedom. A powerful, uplifting drama.


Produced by Catherine Eaton, Caitlin Gold, Veronique Huyghebaert, Aliki Paraschis and Jessica Vale. Edited by Marco Perez. Director of Photography: David Kruta. From Corsetless Productions.






New York Premiere - USA - 20 min

A film by Tom Teller


When the colony's comm satellite is damaged,

Emilia Riley embarks on a seemingly harmless

repair excursion.

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Saturday, July 22 • 9:30 pm love is thicker than water



Love is Thicker Than Water


East Coast Premiere -

United Kingdom, Netherlands - 101 min

Directed by Ate de Jong (The Bombardment) and Emily Harris. Written by Ate de Jong.

With Lydia Wilson (Star Trek Beyond), Johnny Flynn (Song One, Genius), Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham) and Henry Goodman .


They say that opposites attract, but what happens when opposites meet the parents and siblings? Vida and Arthur come from two vastly different families. One is Welsh, poor, and non-political. The other is Jewish, affluent, and liberal.

Love is Thicker Than Water gives a funny, uncompromisingly true account of love and its challenges.


Produced by Matt Barber, Mike Dickman and Ate de Jong. Edited by Antonio Rui Ribeiro. Director of Photography: Zoran Veljkovic. A Barnsbury Pictures, Blue Shadows Films, Ingenious and Mulholland Pictures BV film. An Orchard Release.




SHORT waiting to die in bayside, queens


Waiting to Die in Bayside, Queens

East Coast Premiere - USA - 6 min

A film by Garrett Tripp


It’s 1976, and 15-year-old Jordyn Sherman is convinced she’s dying in her predominantly Jewish middle class suburb.


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Sunday, July 23 • 4:00 pm to the ede of the sky



To the Edge of the Sky


World Premiere - United States - 118 min

Directed by Todd Wider and Jedd Wider.


How far would you go to save your son's life? To the Edge of the Sky follows four families as they fight the FDA to gain access to a potentially lifesaving drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal disease their sons suffer from and the number one genetic killer of boys in the world. With a promising drug on the horizon, we witness the transformation of the mothers of four boys into "the rogue moms" as they become political activists and heroes during their righteous battle against time and the FDA. A challenging and uplifting documentary from Long Island brothers Todd and Jedd Wider (Client 9, God Knows Where I Am).


Produced by Brian Ariotti. Edited by Mona Davis and Colin Nusbaum. Director of Photography: Gerardo Puglia. A Wider Film Projects film.







World Premiere - USA - 8 min

A film by Zachary Fuhrer


A 9-year-old learns to cope with guilt after he accidentally hurts his little brother in a game of backyard baseball.



Sunday, July 23 • 7:00 pm fanny's journey



Fanny's Journey

(Le voyage de Fanny)


France, Belgium - 94 min

Directed by Lola Doillon. Written by Fanny Ben-Ami, Lola Doillon, Anne Peyrègne.

With Léonie Souchaud and Cécile De France.

In French with subtitles


In 1943, after avoiding the authorities with other Jewish children in France for three years, 13-year-old Fanny and her sisters are quickly sent to an Italian foster home. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers plan an escape to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, eleven children do the impossible. Based on a true story, this moving tale of bravery, strength, and survival features exceptional performances by the young cast.


Produced by Saga Blanchard, Marie de Lussigny. Edited by Valérie Deseine. Director of Photography: Pierre Cottereau. A David-Films, Scope Pictures, France 2 Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, and Ce Qui Me Meut Motion Pictures production. From Menemsha Films.


  who sank your ships



Who Sank Your Ships?

New York Premiere -

Israel - 25 min

In Hebrew and Russian with subtitles


A film by Ella Kohn

A petite military photographer is in love with a mysterious Ukrainian-Israeli soldier from her base.


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Sunday, July 23 • 9:15 pm tonio





East Coast Premiere - Netherlands - 100 min

Directed by Paula van der Oest. Written by

Hugo Heinen. With Pierre Bokma (Amazones),

Rifka Lodeizen, and Chris Peters.

In Dutch with subtitles


An Amsterdam novelist and his wife struggle to come to terms with the sudden loss of their college-age son in this intense, cathartic drama that was the Netherlands' foreign language Oscar submission this year. Reminded of their son by everything around them, both parents struggle to find a way to mourn their loss without being dragged into a downward spiral. Based on the very personal novel by A.F. Th. van der Heijden.


Produced by Alain De Levita, Sabine Brian, and Sytze Van Der Laan. Edited by Sander Vos. Director of Photography: Guido van Gennep. An NL Film productions. From Dutch Features Global Entertainment.






New York Premiere - USA - 10 min

A film by Daniella Rabbani


As part of her thesis, a PhD candidate tries to

film the Holocaust testimony of her estranged




Monday, July 24 • 7:00 pm apricot groves



Apricot Groves


New York Premiere - Armenia - 78 min

Written and Directed by Pouria Heidary Oureh.

With Narbe Vartan, Pedram Ansari, and Samvel Sarkisyan.

In Armenian with subtitles


Aram is an Iranian-Armenian youth who immigrated to the U.S. during childhood and now returns to Armenia for the first time to formally propose to an Armenian girl who has been living in the United States.

In the course of one day Aram experiences many cultural, religious, and national differences, but knows that harder obstacles lie ahead. A visually arresting film that reveals its true identity with subtlety, nuance and heartbreaking courage.


Produced by Pouria Heidary Oureh and Ali Sadraie. Edited by Ehsan Vaseghi. Director of Photography: Ashkan Ashkani. From Three Gardens Film.


  the simon's way



The Simon's Way

New York Premiere - Armenia, France, Turkey - 30 min

In Armenian with subtitles

A film by Edgar Baghdasaryan


A tragicomic story about close families,

closed borders, and strong binoculars.


Monday, July 24 • 9:15 pm strawberry days



Strawberry Days



East Coast Premiere - Sweden - 97 min

Written and Directed by Wiktor Ericsson.

With Nelly Axelsson, Staszek Cywka, Julia Kijowska and Przemyslaw Sadowski.

In Swedish, Polish, English with subtitles


15-year-old Wojtek and his parents are guest workers from Poland employed as strawberry pickers on a farm in Sweden. When Wojtek forms a secret friendship with the farmer’s daughter, Anneli, their budding romance breaks down the social barrier that separates them. When friends and family do not accept their relationship, they find themselves trapped on opposite sides of a slowly brewing conflict between the Swedes and the guest workers.


Produced by Erik Magnusson. Edited by Erik Bäfving. Director of Photography: Nadim Carlsen. An Anagram and Way Creative Films Production. From The Yellow Affair.


  the dog and the elephant



The Dog and the Elephant

U.S. Premiere - United Kingdom - 25 min

A film by Michael Sharpe


A boxer with Tourette's syndrome befriends an elephant from a travelling menagerie.


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Tuesday, July 25 • 7:00 pm little wing



Little Wing

(Tyttö nimeltä Varpu)


East Coast Premiere - Finland, Denmark - 100 min

Written and Directed by Selma Vilhunen.

With Linnea Skog, Paula Vesala, Lauri Maijala.

In Finnish with subtitles


Varpu is a levelheaded, mature 12-year-old who lives with her hapless, immature single mother who is absent for hours working as a maid. Tired of her peers, her mother, and her circumstances, Varpu sets out one night in a stolen car to find the father she never met. A stand-out, unsentimental performance from young actress Linnea Skog keeps this tender-hearted crowd pleaser firmly rooted in reality. From the producers of last year’s Jury Award winner, The Fencer.


Produced by Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg. Edited by Samu Heikkilä. Director of Photography: Tuomo Hutri. A Day in the Life Films and Waistband Pictures film. From Media Luna Films.


  real artists



Real Artists

New York Premiere - USA - 12 min

A film by Cameo Wood


A young animator is offered what should be her dream job, but discovers she will have to make a hard choice to maintain her integrity.

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Tuesday, July 25 • 9:15 pm from the land of the moon



From the Land of the Moon

(Mal de Pierres)


East Coast Premiere -

France, Belgium, Canada - 120 min

Directed by Nicole Garcia. Written by Milena Agus, Natalie Carter, Jacques Fieschi and Nicole Garcia.

With Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant, Inception), Alex Brendemühl (Ma Ma) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers).

In French, Spanish and German with subtitles


Set in post-World War II France, Gabrielle is an overtly passionate and free-spirited woman whose troubling behavior is an embarrassment to her family. In hopes of making her a respectable woman, her parents marry her to an immigrant farm worker who is smitten with her. When Gabrielle is sent to the Alps for a medical condition, she falls madly in love with an injured veteran of the Indochinese War. Marion Cotillard gives a stellar performance in this remarkable saga.


Produced by Alain Attal. Edited by Simon Jacquet. Director of Photography: Christophe Beaucarne. From Les Productions du Trésor. An IFC Films release.






East Coast Premiere - USA - 14 min

A film by YueCheng Liu


When Frankie's husband is detained at the airport for being a spy, she has a difficult decision to make.


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Wednesday, July 26 • 7:00 pm laura gets a cat



Laura Gets a Cat


United States - 83 min

Written and Directed by Michael Ferrell.

With Dana Brooke, Michael Ferrell, Jason Kravits (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).


Laura is a 30-something unemployed writer living in New York City and struggling with adulthood. She has a ‘weekend’ boyfriend she can’t commit to, friends who seem to have achieved their dreams, and a vivid imaginary life she uses to run away from reality. When she starts a new relationship with a coffee shop barista, real life proves too complicated and she tries to actually run away. Veteran stage actress

Dana Brooke shines in this funny, fresh, poignant independent feature.


Produced by Michael Ferrell, Chris Prine and Devin Sanchez. Edited by Chris Prine. Director of Photography: Paul Rondeau. From Living Boy Productions.






New York Premiere - USA - 17 min

A film by Laura Seay


A woman finds her ability to connect with even the most sincere suitor is jeopardized by past traumas.


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Wednesday, July 26 • 9:15 pm the second act of elliot murphy



The Second Act of

Elliot Murphy


U.S. Premiere - United States - 87 min

Written and Directed by Jorge Arenillas


Long Island native Elliott Murphy began his career as a singer-songwriter in the early 1970s as one of several candidates to be the new Bob Dylan before eventually settling in Paris where he has had a successful career as a touring artist with over 36

albums and 2500 shows. This compelling documentary features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and others and includes captivating footage both vintage and current, on the road and in concert. Elliott Murphy plans to be in attendance at this screening.


Produced by Jorge Arenillas. Edited by Juanma Ibanez. From Mirabel Films.


  just go!



J ust Go!

Latvia - 11 minutes

A film by Pavels Gumennikovs

In Latvian with subtitles


A young man without legs chases down surprised purse snatchers for the girl he loves.

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Thursday, July 27 • 7:00 pm purple dreams



Purple Dreams


New York Premiere - United States - 72 min

Directed by Joanne Hock.


This inspirational documentary follows several students from the Northwest School of the Arts, in Charlotte, N.C., after it is chosen to be the first high school permitted to perform the musical The Color

Purple. From auditions through opening night and beyond, the filmmakers follow these students as they pursue their dreams while struggling with homelessness, low-income neighborhoods, gang-related

violence and single-parent households. A behind-the-scenes look at an amazing group of teachers and students who work relentlessly to put on a triumphant musical production that propels them into a world of opportunity they never expected.


Produced by Robin Grey, Sara Patel. Edited by John Disher. Director of Photography: Joanne Hock. From GreyHawk Films.


  across the line



Across the Line

World Premiere - Israel - 29 min

In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles

A film by Nadav Shlomo Giladi


A Jewish settler, hurrying home for Shabbat, encounters a stubborn Palestinian hitchhiker.


Thursday, July 27 • 9:15 pm hannah's sleeping dogs



Hanna's Sleeping Dogs

(Hannas schlafende Hunde)


New York Premiere - Germany, Austria - 120 min

Directed by Andreas Gruber.

Written by Andreas Gruber, Elisabeth Escher.

With Hannelore Elsner (To Life!), Nike Seitz,

Franziska Weisz.

In German with subtitles


Living in a provincial Austrian town in the late 1960s, 9-year-old Johanna has been raised to be a good Catholic girl. But one day her grandmother tells her a family secret: they are really Jewish. Johanna changes her name to Hanna and is determined to be openly proud of her heritage, but the villagers know exactly which neighbors were the very worst Nazis before reinventing themselves as devout Catholics, and old prejudices begin to surface. A revealing and uneasy look at life in post-WW II Europe.


Produced by Andreas Gruber. Edited by Julia Drack. Director of Photography: Martin Gressmann. Produced by Enigma Film and Provinzfilm International. From Picture Tree International.






USA - 14 min

A film by Ryan Ward


A portrait of two parents and their 8-year-old son struggling against the harsh realities of inner-city life in an alternate version of modern day America.

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Friday, July 28 • 7:00 pm the king's choice



The King's Choice

(Kogens nei)


East Coast Premiere - Norway - 133 min

Directed by Erik Poppe.

Written by Harald Rosenløw-Eeg and Jan Trygve Røyneland. With Jesper Christensen (Melancholia, Italian for Beginners), Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Kon-Tiki), Karl Markovics (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Tuva Novotny (Eat Pray Love).

In Norwegian, German, Danish and Swedish with subtitles


A World War II epic from the director and writers of the 2014 Stony Brook Film Festival closing film, 1,000 Times Good Night. On the 9th of April 1940, Nazi forces arrived in the city of Oslo. As the Norwegian government fell into disarray, it fell to their king, Haakon VII (Jesper Christensen) to make the life-or-death decision between continuing the fight against the German invaders or surrendering Norway to the Nazis and their collaborators. An intense story of confrontation, determination and honor.


Produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae. Edited by Einar Egeland. Director of Photography: John Christian Rosenlund. From Film i Väst. A Samuel Goldwyn Films Release.



Friday, July 28 • 9:30 pm the midwife



The Midwife


France - 117 min

Written and Directed by Mar tin Provost.

With Catherine Deneuve (Indochine, The Hunger), Catherine Frot (Haute Cuisine, The Page Turner), Olivier Gourmet (The Kid with a Bike, My Wife’s Romance).

In French with subtitles


Claire (Frot) is a cool-headed midwife who has her life organized just the way she wants it. That is until she receives an unexpected phone call from Beatrice (Deneuve), who was her father’s lover several decades ago. Now in her 70s, Beatrice has never settled into conventionality, and is not about to start. As Beatrice stumbles back into her life, Claire finds herself slowly changing. A warm-hearted treat starring two icons of French cinema.


Produced by Olivier Delbosc. Edited by Alber tine Lastera. Director of Photography: Yves Cape. A Curiosa Films production. A Music Box Films Release.



Saturday, July 29 • 8:00 pm text for you



Text for You

(SMS für Dich)


U.S. Premiere – Germany - 107 min

Directed by Karoline Herfurth. Written by Karoline Herfurth, Sophie Kluge, Malte Welding and Andrea Willson. With Karoline Herfurth (Berlin ’36, The Reader), Friedrich Mücke, Nora Tschirner, Frederick Lau (Back on Track) and Katja Riemann (The Weekend).

In German with subtitles


Clara can't get over the loss of her one true love who died two years ago in an accident, and begins sending wistful text messages to his old cell phone without realizing that the number has just been reassigned. When her romantic, loving memories pop up in the display window of sports journalist Mark’s new phone, he is perplexed yet touched. After his own romantic life falls apart, Mark feels compelled to find the mysterious stranger who keeps texting him. A charming romantic comedy from writer-director-actress Karoline Herfurth.


Produced by Christopher Doll and Lothar Hellinger. Edited by Simon Gstöttmayr. Director of Photography: Andreas Berger. A Hellinger/Doll Filmproduktion film. From Beta Cinema.